Lisa Marks '15

MA Marital and Family Therapy

Lisa Marks completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Following graduation, Lisa moved to Salt Lake City to work at a non-profit organization, where she was exposed to policymaking, grant-writing, and program management. The work inspired Lisa to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. After completing the degree, she worked at NYU Medical School, ultimately becoming Director of Research Administration for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

In 2011, Lisa worked at Palomar Hospital, in Escondido, as a practice manager for a large group of hospital physicians. She enjoyed the work but dreamed of one day becoming a therapist, because she had always been interested in working directly with people in the field of mental health. Lisa enrolled in USD’s Marital and Family Therapy program in 2013.

Lisa worked as a graduate assistant to Dr. JoEllen Patterson during her first-year. She had the opportunity to collaborate on projects relating to global mental health, including working to develop a presentation that Dr. Patterson made at the annual convention of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Lisa also traveled with a group of students to London and Lisbon, where they participated in fascinating conferences relating to the global mental health field.  

Lisa had the privilege of working at UCSD Family Medicine’s Lewis Clinic in Hillcrest, where she sees patients in a collaborative care environment. The experience has been educational and incredibly rewarding. Lisa completed our program and graduated in May 2015